Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melody Beattie
Starting in 2015, I made it a goal to post ten things every month that I am thankful for. No repeats.
In March, I am thankful for …
1) My safety
After this week of dealing with a family member being in what she felt was an unsafe environment, I am thankful for not only my safety but my peace of mind … knowing that I am safe, loved and that I have people I could go to if I felt otherwise.
2) Healthcare Professionals
Even though I am a nurse, sometimes the water you are treading is a little muddy. It is nice to be guided in difficult situations by people in healthcare that have “been there and done that” and sincerely care about a person’s well being.
3) An intact mind
We all have those moments when we walk into a room and forget exactly what we were going in there to get. But, I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose moments of time, people, … with several family members having had or showing signs of dementia, I am thankful for an intact mind for as long as possible.
4) Pill boxes
You know the ones that hold your daily medicine in sections. When engrossed in other’s situations, it is sometimes hard to remember to take care of you. This past week, I am thankful that I did not have to remember if I had taken my own medicine or not. It’s been a life saver.
5) Extended family
In the past, we have found out where lines are drawn and where loyalties lie when dealing with traumatic & dramatic family situations. Despite what I have learned, I am thankful for extended family … the good, the bad & the ugly.
6) Family Stories
I am thankful for all of the stories from “way back when” that families tell when they are gathered together. I never tire of hearing them. I am always amazed at what I did not know.
7) I am not an alcoholic 8) I am a non smoker
That was a hard one to word correctly. I once had a smoker tell me that my addiction to food would kill me just as quickly as his addiction to cigarettes. I do not dispute that it is a possibility. But, my eating too much does not hurt my family with second hand smoke nor the abuse & hurt sometimes associated with alcoholism. Having spent the week dealing with some alcoholics in my extended family, I am thankful that I am not one nor do I have any among my immediate family. I am not against drinking responsibly. I, myself do have a drink on occasion. But, I cannot imagine the addiction. Unfortunately though, I have seen it’s effects.
9) My kindle
When real life gets tough, it is great to submerge yourself in a good, “happily ever after” story. I love my kindle because it is portable, I can buy a lot of free books and I can read easily in the dark. Don’t leave home without it. 🙂
10) My little doggie
She was mentioned way too far down this list. My little chihuahua is always happy to see me. She never holds a grudge against me. Knows when I am feeling bad. Is my constant companion, always ready to follow me wherever I go. Is always happy to be my photo 101 subject. She just doesn’t get enough credit for her role in my life.